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Toxic Smile

 

Progressive Metal

3.95 | 52 ratings

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Philodendron
5 stars I finally took the leap and made myself a PA account after years of just browsing as a guest. This is my first review of an album so far and I practically made this account to get another opinion out there about this incredible album, which I was directed to thanks to Second Life Syndrome's glowing review.

From Inside Out sets the tone of the album with its beastly guitar riffs (accented by incredible drumming and bass.. so good), clean vocals, and exploration into many different musical styles. Although this album is under the Prog Metal genre, I find it to be a bit more of a Neo-Prog album with metal influences, something like that.

Next Barfeooted Man changes things up big time, this is the longest of the songs and it is one of the more mellow jams on the album accented with a few heavier sections. Love it.

Then raunchy synth and heavy guitar riffs (again accented by incredible drumming and bass) bring some attitude to the album in the song Needless.

Love Without Creation treats us with probably the most laid back song on the album with some great sax and keys work.

Rayless Sun brings the attitude back, along with a killer outro jam (well everything from the guitar solo on) which includes some of the most interesting and progressive sections on the album.

King Of Nowhere is a great short tune (relatively speaking). This song is very Neo-prog, with some instrumental sections that sound like early Marillion. Great song.

Afterglow needs to be heard. My favorite song on the album and one of my favorite songs I've heard in recent memories.

Although there are a few sections that drag and Afterglow isn't nearly long enough :) overall, I can't recommend this album enough (just check out the album preview on Youtube), it is one of my favorite album of 2013 easily (I like it much more than the new Haken! I said it!).

4.75 stars

Philodendron | 5/5 |

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